+1 re traffic. If you want to ride away from traffic in the Lower Mainland, start mountain biking. Also, if you need to be near a good pool (Vancouver Aquatic Centre, Kits Pool, UBC etc.) plan on living in one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in what is already the most expensive city in Canada.
Probably the best areas in BC for a triathlete to live/train are in/near Victoria on Vancouver Island, or anywhere in the Okanagan Valley.
Maybe 20+ years ago. But it’s an island…they aren’t making any more land but the people still keep coming! Roads are pretty dangerous here now. Also, crazy pricey here (av house price is almost $1 million!). But you can run outside here all year round.
Downtown Vancouver is ideal for rides and running. Out to Stanley park and around the harbour and English bay are some great routes. Not sure about swimming pools other than the beach during the summer.
Thank you, everyone.
I had to rule out Okanagan or Victoria Island because of the work.
I understand the traffic presents issues everywhere in BC. Perhaps I need to embrace gravel riding.
Do you have any suggestions for living north of the highway (A1)? Like, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission, etc. Do they offer somewhat ok riding options?
Vancouver is not a great place for road riding. There are few highways, and the roads are very busy. The positive is that the riding season is year round, but any long ride is going to have multiple sections that are quite unpleasant. There are some great mountain climbs tho at cypress and seymour.
Gravel is better, and the mtn biking is world class, specifically with access to squamish and whistler, which are contenders for best mountain biking in the world.
There are limited pools in vancouver proper, but more options in the adjacent cities. There are a few outdoor pools with lane swimming, which would be a cool option.
Feel free to ask any questions, I’m an environmental consultant so I’ve worked all over BC and the lower mainland.
I have ridden around Vancouver for years, there are plenty of routes that get you away from dealing with too much traffic but not many/any that get you completely away from having to deal with any cars.
I have a couple tri buddies that live on the North shore, I know there is a couple pools there and they mostly run on trails.
For biking you can do loops of the park, climb Cypress/Seymour, loop around UBC or head down to Iona and Richmond for some flat riding. There is also a lot of riding out in the valley that takes a bit more effort to get to.
Let me know if you have any questions, I have done tons of riding all over the lower mainland through the years.
You need to understand that Vancouver is not an easy city to get around in. Transportation infrastructure is behind where it should be, so where you base yourself in relation to your work is a key factor to consider.
If you’re living in the lower mainland you will have access to swim/bike/run in almost any municipality, but the time you have to train will be directly correlated to how much time you spend sitting in traffic getting to and from work. There is no point living on the north shore if you are working in delta.
If you can give us some further details on your work situation we can likely help you a little better. If you’re working from home it opens a hell of a lot more options.
My main reason is to live in the lower mainland is my wife’s commute to work. That’s why I have to rule out the island and Okanogan area. But I’m not particularly looking to live in Vancouver as it is expensive for housing. Also, I’m working from home.
I thought if I live on the north side of the highway, I can access some good riding fairly quickly. I’m just trying to eliminate (if I can) driving to riding destination.
I mostly ride indoors but I’d like to get out on the weekends if I can. Perhaps, joining some group rides once the covid is over…